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U2 and Philosophy
How to Decipher an Atomic Band
Edited by Mark A. Wrathall
Volume 21 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
"Imagine—a rock’n’roll band sporting leather and playing sold-out stadiums worldwide that uses terms like simulacra and agape to explain what they think they’re doing. U2 just may be the smartest, most philosophically interesting band on the planet and this fantastic book shows us why."
—Christian Scharen, author of One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God
"What do U2 have to do with Heidegger, theodicy, Plato, existentialism, Kierkegaard, eschatology, and Nietzsche? A lot more than you might think, particularly as the band’s popularity reflects on ’temporary society. This book puts U2 into a philosophical context in the same way that The U2 Reader found them a historical and cultural milieu."
—Hank Bordowitz, editor of The U2 Reader and author of Billy Joel: Life and Times of an Angry Young Man
Mark A. Wrathall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University. He has written How to Read Heidegger (2005) and numerous articles in philosophy journals. He is editor of A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism (with Hubert L. Dreyfus, 2005), Religion After Metaphysics (2003), and Heidegger, Coping, and Cognitive Science (with Jeff Malpas, 2000).